Archive | January, 2014

Jessy Girl’s 22nd Birthday

10 Jan

I have so many random photos from the last few months that I haven’t been uploading. Little sissy girl turned 22 and came down for her birthday last month. I was going through my camera and saw these and forgot how many silly pictures we took. There are like 50 from the restaurant, haha. I’m kind of craving a peach margarita now! Also, I love this girl so much. ❤

The cupcakes turned out pretty excellent. I used a boxed French Vanilla mix but tried this Pinterest tip to make it taste more like a homemade batter. I topped it with some caramel I made the night before in a crockpot, added a few whole pecans each, and sprinkled with sea-salt.  Yummmmm.

2014: Refocusing My Energy

2 Jan

2013 – What to say; what to say? I started off this blog to keep myself to some personal goals from last year’s resolutions. I think I started off strong but let myself get into a bit of a rut. Now it’s 2014 and I’m looking forward to a fresh start, though I know the biggest part of that will be changing my attitude and perspective. My new goals for this year:

 BE NICE TO/ABOUT PEOPLE
My job is high stress and tends to make me dislike people in general because I deal with a LOT of needy folks that occupy my time with issues that are actually small and stupid. (Sound bitter much?  Yikes.) When I come home I can’t shake it and I end up taking out my frustrations on the people I love. Not cool.

 GET OUT MORE OFTEN
I get off work, I go home, I stay inside and watch TV and go to sleep. I live in a tiny bubble. This year, I need to make an effort to get out and socialize more and re-kindle some friendships I’ve neglected recently. In addition, I need to actually get OUTSIDE. Get some fresh air. Stretch my muscles and get a good walk or run in. Pump some endorphins into my system to help regulate my moods.

 KEEP A CLEAN HOUSE
It’s hard to come home from work and be positive if the house is a sty. I can tell it really affects my mood. Bottom line is I have too much stuff and too little storage. I need to purge the things that I don’t actually need and find homes for everything else. My bedroom and the kitchen are usually the 2 worst rooms in the house. My room because I get lazy and let clothes pile up on the desk instead of putting them away and the kitchen because dishes pile up SO fast when you cook. I’ve got to start hanging up all my junk at the end of the day and making sure we keep motivated on dishes by taking them in turns and doing at least one load a day.

 PAY OFF CREDIT CARDS!
I’m still working on my credit cards. I began 2013 with $5532.65 in cards and ended wtih $4063.35. It’s not as much as I would have liked to have paid off at $1469.30, but if you think about it that’s still 27%, which seems like more of an accomplishment. I know over the summer and again at the holidays, I lost focus on my budget/payments and that slacking is what kept me from doing more. This year I’ve got to live with more simplicity in mind. I think my number one money trap is eating out too much, so I need to keep focused on buying groceries wisely so there is always something home I can whip up pretty easily.

Here goes!